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Tuesday
Feb082011

Winter Storms Leave Streets Across US Filled with Potholes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winter storms have brought rain, ice and snow across the U.S. since December, filling streets with potholes and costing drivers hundreds in repairs.

In New York City, repair crews have patched more than 45,000 potholes since the first major snow storm struck the area the day after Christmas.

In Seattle, the city's pothole patrol has already filled in over 6,000 holes this winter, but they still have more to go.

"We currently have a back log of about 200 potholes," said patrol employee Will McMurtry.

Over in Los Angeles, 16,000 potholes have been fixed since rains poured down on the city beginning in December.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, up to 15 crews a day are working solely to patch up the city's potholes.  The city's Department of Transportation says it's "using a cold temporary patch mix...but it gets the job done it seals the hole."

Drivers who run over potholes could face costly repair fees.  Blown out tires caused by a shallow pothole can cost over $150 to be replaced.  Running over larger potholes could break mufflers and damage suspension systems, costing drivers as much as $500 and $2000, respectively.

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